Known family of James Beith and Elizabeth Lochhead.

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James and Elizabeth seem to have had at least six children although only one, Janet, appears in the I.G.I. As the dates of the children span from 1809 until 1834 it would seem highly likely that James and Elizabeth had more that six children, ten or more being not unreasonable although how many would have survived infancy is unknown.


Janet baptised on 6 August 1809 in Paisley.

Next Generation in our Family History

Mary born around 1815 - married Andrew Gibson in 1837.

Mary married Andrew Gibson, a pattern setter, on 23 September 1837 in Paisley. Andrew was born in Paisley about 1819 the son of John Gibson, also a pattern setter, and Elizabeth Gilmour. (For further details of John Gibson and Elizabeth Gilmour and their children - where known - click here)

I believe that Mary and Andrew had the following children:- (For further details where known of the children of Andrew Gibson and Mary Beith - where known - click here. 

For the 1841 census there is an Andrew Gibson along with is wife Mary, plus a son John aged 2 and a daughter Mary aged 6 months recorded at 148 George Street, Paisley which I would assume are them..

1841 Census (7th June) Paisley High (573) Book 6. Page 9.

148 George Street, Paisley High, Renfrewshire.

Name Age Occupation Born in County
Andrew Gibson 20 Pattern Setter Yes
Mary Gibson 20 Sewer Yes
John Gibson 2   Yes
Mary Gibson 1 month   Yes

As already referred to for the 1851 census for Mary's parents there was a John Gibson recorded as son-in-law, whom I am sure was actually the Andrew Gibson along with four of his children - John (listed in the 1841 census) born in Paisley in about 1839, Elizabeth born in Paisley in about 1843, James born in Glasgow in about 1845, and Andrew born in Glasgow in about 1848. The two "missing" children, Mary and Agnes, were recorded elsewhere - Mary in the households of a paternal aunt, and Agnes in the household of a maternal aunt. As John \ Andrew was recorded as a Widow and as Agnes his daughter was born 1850 it is assumed that Mary Beith died sometime between September 1850 and the census date of 31 March 1851.

1851 Census (31 March) Tradeston (644-2) Book 22. Page 8.

32 Nelson Street, Govan, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Beith Head 64 Bill Poster Paisley, Renfrewshire
Elizabeth Beith Wife 62   Paisley, Renfrewshire
Robert Beith Son 21 Bill Poster Paisley, Renfrewshire
John Wright Son 17 Wood Carver Paisley, Renfrewshire
John Gibson Son-in-law - (widow) 31 Night Constable Paisley, Renfrewshire
John Gibson Son 12 Scholar Paisley, Renfrewshire
Elizabeth Gibson Daughter 8 Scholar Paisley, Renfrewshire
James Gibson Son 6   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Andrew Gibson Son 3   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth Stewart Granddaughter 11 Scholar Howood, Renfrewshir

As already highlighted the two "missing" daughters of Andrew and Mary, Mary, born in Paisley in 1841, and Agnes, born in Paisley in or about September 1850 were recorded elsewhere for this census. Mary  was recorded living in Paisley in the household of a James Logan who had married her father's sister Janet Gibson, on 6 June 1845, in High Church, Paisley, Renfrew.

1851 Census (31st. March) Paisley (573) Book 11. Page 23.

17 Wardrop Street, Paisley

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Logan Head 30 Foreman Weaver Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Janet Logan Wife Sewer and Winder Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Gibson Sister in law 19 Warehouse Sewer Paisley, Renfrewshire
Mary Gibson Niece 10 Scholar Paisley, Renfrewshire

Agnes was recorded living in Neilston in the household of Robert Stewart who had married her mother's sister Janet Beith on 31st December 1832 in Abbey, Paisley. Agnes's recorded age of six months would mean that Mary, her mother, must have died within the previous six months, possibly as during childbirth or shortly thereafter?

1851 Census (31st. March) Neilston (572) Book 5. Page 20.

Lintmill Cottages, Neilston.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Stewart Head 47 Boiling house worker Neilston, Renfrewshire
Janet Stewart Wife 42   Paisley, Renfrewshire
Robert Stewart Son 15 Carter Paisley, Renfrewshire
Jean Stewart Daughter 13 Scholar Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
Janet Stewart Daughter 8 Scholar Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
Agnes Stewart Daughter 6 Scholar Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
Agnes Gibson Niece 6 months   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
John Sim Visitor 30 Seaman Paisley, Renfrewshire
Agnes Beith Visitor 34 Laundresser Paisley, Renfrewshire

Andrew's father, three of his sisters (Elizabeth, Margaret, and Janet), his brother John, and his daughter Mary had already emigrated to Australia and it it would seem that Andrew Gibson decided to join them.  circa 1855. (According to his later Australian death certificate). He was almost certainly accompanied by his daughter Elizabeth as she is recorded on her later Australian death certificate as also arriving in Victoria circa 1855. Andrew passed away on 9 Jun 1875 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. His death certificate records him as Andrew Gibson, a Miner, aged 56, son of John Gibson, a Miner, and Elizabeth Gilmour, born in Paisley but having been in Australia for 20 years, 5 in New South Wales and 15 in Victoria. He was recorded as having been married to Mary Beith 20 years previously in Paisley and with the following children - Andrew now deceased, John aged 35, Mary aged 34, Elizabeth aged 31, James aged 29 and Agnes aged 24. The informant was his son in law John Lewis Pritchard, Ballarrat.

Agnes born about 1817 in Paisley

Agnes first married Archibald Simpson, harness handloom weaver, on 17 November 1839, in High Church, Paisley. The IGI has no record of any children born to them but this may not mean anything.

Agnes was staying with her sister Janet Beith for the 1851 census along with John Sim, a merchant seaman. 

1851 Census (31st. March) Neilston (572) Book 5. Page 20.

Lintmill Cottages, Neilston.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Stewart Head 47 Boiling house worker Neilston, Renfrewshire
Janet Stewart Wife 42   Paisley, Renfrewshire
Robert Stewart Son 15 Carter Paisley, Renfrewshire
Jean Stewart Daughter 13 Scholar Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
Janet Stewart Daughter 8 Scholar Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
Agnes Stewart Daughter 6 Scholar Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
Agnes Gibson Niece 6 months   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
John Sim Visitor 30 Seaman Paisley, Renfrewshire
Agnes Beith Visitor 34 Laundresser Paisley, Renfrewshire

A few months after this census on 29 August 1851, in Govan, Agnes married John. Their son Peter was born on 23 February 1855. For the 1861 census Agnes was again staying with her sister Janet Beith, this time with her son Peter.

1861 Census (3rd April) Neilston (572) Book 5. Page 31.

Parkhill Land, (next door to Wheat Sheaf Inn), Neilston.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Stewart Head 58 Cotton bleacher Paisley, Renfrewshire
Janet Stewart Wife 54   Paisley, Renfrewshire
Jane Stewart Daughter 22 Shirt dresser Paisley, Renfrewshire
Agnes Gibson Niece 10   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Agnes Sime Visitor 44 Sailor’s wife Paisley, Renfrewshire
Peter Sime Visitor 6 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire

For the census of 1871 Agnes was living with her son Peter at 63 King Street, Govan. Her husband John is not included in this census as he was was at sea.

1871 Census (3 April) Govan (644-09) Book 38/9. Page 10.

63 King Street, Govan

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Agnes Sim Head - married 53 Husband at Sea Paisley, Renfrewshire
Peter Sim Son 16 Clerk Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Agnes died on 19 June 1876 at 90 Nelson Street, Glasgow, Aged 59. The informant on the death certificate was her son Peter who was living at 41 Naburn Street, Glasgow and her death certificate confirms that she was a daughter of James Beith, a bill poster, and Elizabeth Lochhead.

Peter Beith, born about 1825 in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

Peter married Margaret Dunbar on 25 Jun 1847 in High Church, Paisley, Renfrewshire. Margaret was born about 1829 in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

Peter and Margaret had the following children:

1841 census – living with parents in Glen Street, Paisley North

For the 1851 and 1861 censuss Peter and Margaret were living at 17\16 Wardrop Street, Paisley.

1851 Census (31 March) Paisley (465) Book 11. Page 23.

17 Wardrop Street, Paisley

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Peter Beith Head 26 Starcher Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Beith Wife 22   Paisley, Renfrewshire
Agnes Beith Daughter 3   Paisley, Renfrewshire
Mary Beith Daughter 1 month   Paisley, Renfrewshire

 

1861 Census (8 April) Paisley (573-2) Book 11. Page 20.

16 Wardrop Street, Paisley

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Peter Beith Head 34 Starcher & Wool Singer Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Beith Wife 32 not checked (ancestry census info) Paisley, Renfrewshire
Agnes Beith Daughter 12 not checked (ancestry census info) Paisley, Renfrewshire
Mary Beith Daughter 10 not checked (ancestry census info) Paisley, Renfrewshire
James Beith Son 8 not checked (ancestry census info) Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret  Beith Daughter 5 not checked (ancestry census info) Paisley, Renfrewshire
Elizabeth  Beith Daughter 2 not checked (ancestry census info) Paisley, Renfrewshire

For the census of 1881 Peter and Margaret were still living in Paisley at 100 Causeyside, Paisley Low parish. Their six younger children were living with them.

1881 Census (4 April) Paisley Low (573) Book 69. Page 9.

100 Causeyside, Paisley Low parish

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Peter Beith Head 55 Commercial Traveller Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Beith Wife 51   Paisley, Renfrewshire
Elizabeth Daughter 22 Dress Maker Paisley, Renfrewshire
William Beith Son 19 Clerk Paper Mill Paisley, Renfrewshire
Robert Beith Son 15 Clerk Shawl Warehouse Paisley, Renfrewshire
Ann Beith Daughter 14   Paisley, Renfrewshire
Janet Beith Daughter 10 Scholar Paisley, Renfrewshire
Peter Beith Son 8 Scholar Paisley, Renfrewshire

Peter Beith died on 27 June 1887 at 99 Causeyside Street. His son William was the informant on the certificate and the address may well be the same house as the 1881 census despite the number difference). He was outlived by his wife who died on 13 Feb 1895 also at 99 Causeyside Street

Robert born about 1831 in Paisley

1841 census – "Apprentice Silk Hand Loom Weaver" living with parents in Glen Street, Paisley North

1851 census – "Bill Poster" living with parents at 32 Nelson Street, Govan, in Glasgow

1861 census - "Bill Poster" living with widowed mother at 32 Nelson Street, Govan, in Glasgow

1866 - listed in the Glasgow Directory, living at 25 Clyde Place, Glasgow, a "Bill Poster".

1866 - informant on mother's death certificate.

Robert married Mary Younger Railton on 21 April 1869, Tradeston, Glasgow. Margaret was born 27 November 1841 in the Gorbals, Glasgow, the daughter of James Railton and Hannah Balderstone. Robert’s marriage certificate confirms that he was a son of James Beith, a bill poster, and Elizabeth Lochhead. Robert and Mary had at least two children Robert born 29 April 1870, Tradeston, Glasgow, and James Railton born 9 May 1872, Tradeston, Glasgow.

For the census of 1881 they were living at 5 Westmoreland Street, Glasgow.

1881 Census (4 April) Glasgow (644-12) Book 91. Page 3.

5 Westmoreland Street, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Beith Head 50 Bill Poster Paisley, Renfrewshire
Mary Beith Wife 32   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Robert Beith Son 10   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
James Railton Beith Son 7   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

For the census of 1891 Robert and his family had moved out of Glasgow to Kilmalcolm. The move and the fact that they were living in a six bedroom house would suggest the "Bill Posting" was a reasonable business. The fact that there are no servants might suggest that economies still had to be made. However with only two adult sons perhaps there was no need for a servant.

1891 Census (5 April) Eastwood (569-00) Book 1. Page 2.

Mistylaw Villa, Overton Road, Kilmalcolm (House with six rooms)

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Beith Head 60 Bill Poster Paisley, Renfrewshire
Mary Beith Wife 48   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Robert Beith Son 20 Clerk (Bill Poster’s) Glasgow, Lanarkshire
James R. Beith Son 18 Engineer (Apprentice) Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Sadly Robert died almost exactly a year after this census on 23 April 1892. The address was given as Mistylaw Villa, Overton Road, Kilmalcolm, and the informant was Robert his son. His wife Mary outlived him and for the census of 1901 she was living just up the road from her husband’s younger brother John and his wife Margaret Gilmour. Mary is recorded as a "Bill Poster – employer" and was presumably the employer of the aforementioned John who was recorded as a Clerk to Bill Poster. Although she is the only person recorded in the household the house itself is recorded as having 6 rooms.

1901 Census (31 March) Eastwood (562) Book 4. Page 6-7.

29 St Ronan’s Drive, Pollokshaws

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Mary Y. R. Beith Head 58 Bill Poster (employer) Glasgow, Lanarkshire

John Wright born about 1834 in Paisley

1841 census – living with parents in Glen Street, Paisley North

1851 census – "Wood Carver" living with parents at 32 Nelson Street, Govan, in Glasgow

1861 census - "Wood Carver" living with widowed mother at 32 Nelson Street, Govan, in Glasgow

John married Margaret Gilmour, a woollen weaver (steam loom), on 13 June 1876 in 19 Peel Street, Calton, Glasgow. Margaret was born about 1849 in Muirhall, Renfrewshire. the daughter of David Gilmour, and Engine keeper and Margaret Smellie. The marriage certificate confirms that John was a son of James Beith, a bill poster, and Elizabeth Lochhead.

John and Margaret had the following known children : -

For the 1871 census John was lodging with a Janet Stewart.

1871 Census (3 April) Glasgow (644-9) Book 70. Page 12.

78 Gloucester Street, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Janet Stewart Head 66 Lodging House Keeper Irvine, Ayrshire
??Anne?? Stewart Daughter 21 not checked (ancestry census info)  
William B. Stachon Lodger 21 not checked (ancestry census info) Inverkeiller, Forfarshire
John Beith Lodger 36 Woodcarver - Foreman Paisley, Renfrewshire

By the time of the 1881 census John had given up "Wood Carving" becoming a "Bill Poster" like his brother and father before him!

1881 Census (4 April) Glasgow (644-9) Book 33. Page 24.

3 Dover Street, Barony, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Beith Head 47 Bill Poster Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Beith Wife 32   Muirhall, Renfrewshire
James Beith Son 3   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Margaret Beith Daughter 13 months   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

For the census of 1901 John and his family had moved to Pollokshaws on the outskirts of Glasgow and were living just down the road from John’s brother Robert’s widow Mary Younger Railton Beith.

1901 Census (31 March) Eastwood (562) Book 4. Page 6-7.

15 St Ronan’s Drive, Pollokshaws

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Wright Beith Head 66 Clerk to Bill Poster Paisley, Renfrewshire
Margaret Beith Wife 52   Newarthill, Lanarkshire
James Beith Son 23 Clerk to Building Contractor Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Margaret Beith Daughter 21   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Mary Beith Daughter 19 Milliner Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire
John Beith Son 18 Clerk to Accountant and Stockbroker Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire
Robert Beith Son 15 Clerk to Prependary Justicetor Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire
Jeannie Beith Daughter 13 Scholar Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire
Mina Beith Daughter 11 Scholar Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire
Bella Beith Daughter 10 Scholar Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire
Agnes Beith Daughter 8 Scholar Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire

Sadly a few weeks after this census John Wright Beith died Aged 67. He was found dead in bed on 23 April 1901 at 15 St Ronan's Drive, Pollokshaws having probably had a heart attack. The death was recorded by his son John. He was outlived by his wife Margaret who died on 8 Nov 1928 in 25 Stanley Road, Saltcoats, Ayrshire.